‘Pokémon Go’ finally launches in South Korea

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Pokémon Go has finally come to South Korea, more than six months after the global phenomenon launched in other regions.

While the South Korean smartphone market is among the more advanced globally, it took months for the mobile game to be released there because of government restrictions on Google Maps, which the game relies on.

South Korea’s national security laws prevent companies like Google from exporting government-provided map data, which is necessary to power Pokémon Go‘s functions.

According to Korean media, the game’s maker Niantic Labs had to figure out a workaround for its map in South Korea, so as not violate the law. Niantic didn’t specify what that workaround was. …

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Via: Mashable: Apps & Software

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